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Forum topic by Miles King posted 493 days ago 572 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Miles King

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493 days ago

Not that this is my first bonehead move but it is my first one in the workshop that resulted in a minor injury. Apparently when removing a cutoff from my band saw’s table I stuck out my left hand’s index finger, like I was lifting a tea cup or something and my finger drifted into the still spinning blade. Only cut my fingernail and a little flesh (not much blood spilt) but still a surprise. And to make matters worse I watched my hand, never taking my eyes off the wood or the spinning blade but completely ignored my finger drifting into the blade’s path. Perhaps I need to purchase a new band saw with a brake.

-- Miles


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gfadvm

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#1 posted 493 days ago

I did exactly the same thing when I first got my bandsaw! Now I keep a stick next to the saw for cut off removal. That blade moves for a long time after the saw is shut off!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Mainiac Matt

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#2 posted 493 days ago

We run several 36” Tannewitz band saws at work and it seems that no matter what we do, we can’t keep everyone from sticking their hands in the saw once every 6 months.

Setting the blade guard ~1/2” above the work piece helps…

Using push blocks and sticks helps too…

I’ve been fortunate and have never had a BS accident…. but then again, I don’t use my BS very often.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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Miles King

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#3 posted 492 days ago

Had I followed ssnvet’s recommendations I would not have cut my finger. Thanks for the recommendations. I will attempt to follow these common sense safety rules, such as blade guard position and using push sticks in the future. Only time will tell if I have the smarts to learn from past experiences.

-- Miles

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kizerpea

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#4 posted 492 days ago

Tannewitz….now thats a bandsaw!!!!!!!like there tablesaws too…

-- IF YOUR NOT MAKING DUST...YOU ARE COLLECTING IT! SOUTH CAROLINA.

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helluvawreck

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#5 posted 492 days ago

That was probably a worthwhile warning because that will make you more careful – or at least it should. I’m glad it wasn’t worse.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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